LivingTree Education Sessions!

We’re thrilled to announce our participation in upcoming conference sessions. We’re sharing best practices and frameworks based on millions of conversations and points of engagement. The focus of these sessions will be using technology to create positive and inclusive environments. We hope you’ll join us in these important discussions! Pennsylvania Family Involvement Conference – Harrisburg, […] read more...

New Year – New Opportunity

Unsharpened pencils, fingerprint free devices, clean notebooks, perfect crayons, unused erasers, clean desks, new class decorations – ahhh, the sights and smells of a new school year. It’s hard to believe a new one is already upon us. As a parent, I have the typical worries about what new teachers and a new school year […] read more...

LivingTree Announces First Round of Drako Grant Recipients

LivingTree Announces First Round of Drako Grant Recipients One Million Dollar Grant Helps PK-12 Schools Across the Country Deepen Family & Community Engagement via Tiered Social NetworkR AUSTIN, TX, May 3, 2017 – LivingTree today announced that it has awarded $250,000 in first round Drako Community and Family Engagement Grants for Schools to districts and campuses throughout […] read more...

Drako $1,000,000 Family Engagement Grant for Schools

LivingTree Executive Chairman Dean Drako Announces $1,000,000 Drako Community and Family Engagement Grant for Schools AUSTIN, Texas. April 4, 2017 – Dean Drako, LivingTree owner and executive chairman, announced today that he has funded the Drako Community and Family Engagement Grant for Schools for up to $1M; individual schools and districts who are awarded the […] read more...

Survey Says: The RIGHT Technology Works for Engagement

Download report: FamilyEngagementTech Technology – The Future of Family Engagement Districts struggle to engage the majority of families, even using 12+ methods. Private, social networks, systemic approaches making an impact in family engagement. Family engagement is the number one driver of student success. Engaged families result in lower truancy rates, higher test scores and higher […] read more...

Educator Views on Family Engagement

97% of principals and teachers agree that families and educators should be equal partners in supporting student learning Scholastic has released a principal and teacher report resulting from a survey of 4700+ schools. The entire report can be found here. It does an excellent job of covering topics ranging from community and family engagement to […] read more...

Proactive Family Engagement Efforts

As shared in District Administration Magazine – Q&A with Joni Carswell of LivingTree Increasing student success with proactive family engagement efforts – Having a single platform to house all activity and conversation can help districts transform family engagement! What are the benefits of an effective family engagement program? Decades of research shows that family engagement […] read more...

Effective Engagement Principles

The National Association for the Education of Young Children outlines six key principles used by exemplary programs. They’ve found that common practices lead to successful family engagement. These principles are outlined in detail along with profiles from the exemplary programs. The six principles: Invite families to participate in decision making and goal setting for their […] read more...

Broadening Family Engagement

We’re delighted to share the following from guest blogger, Eden Segal. Family engagement in schools is based on relationships How do you recruit families? Invite and build relationships. Communication is a two-way proposition that is critical to building relationships. We often “push” information to families. We send home fliers in backpacks, post schedules in main […] read more...

Five Steps to Engaging in the New School Year

Over the last four years, our team has had the opportunity to work with schools and districts around the United States and world to increase parent engagement. We’ve seen a few simple behaviors that drive successful programs. Some of these are basic framework for any program, however, we thought we’d share as we’ve seen them […] read more...